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UK Politician Under Fire for Using Gay Slur at Rival's Mother

A British councillor has been cautioned after being accused of a hate crime for hurling an anti-gay slur at a rival's mother:

Smith"Deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham council Liam Smith is said to have told the 60-year-old 'shut up you f***ing fat dyke' and 'go back to the farmyard' after a trivial argument in the council chamber. The Labour councillor lost his temper after watching the Conservatives snatch a seat in a by-election last month. When Sue Connelly, mother of local Tory councillor Neil, got into a minor row with him at the count he verbally abused her in front of shocked onlookers. Mrs Connelly, a married grandmother of eight who is not gay, was shocked by the tirade. She said: 'I was so stunned that I didn't know what to say in reply. To be spoken to like that in the council chamber in front of so many people was awful. I felt humiliated. I am not a lesbian but I have nothing against them and that word should not be used to insult anyone. It was vicious, nasty and homophobic. He should step down or be told to go.'"

Smith was ordered to write a letter of apology.

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  1. And, who says words don't sting and hurt? Which is why it should be agaisnt the law for any sort of slur.

    Posted by: Jed | Aug 12, 2008 10:18:56 AM

  2. Smith must be a regular visitor to Towleroad. Where else could he have learned that kind of name-calling?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 12, 2008 10:23:53 AM

  3. I don't know about dyke, but Smith looks "fucking fat" to me.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Aug 12, 2008 10:28:32 AM

  4. That dude called somebody fat?? Oh, sweet delicious irony.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 12, 2008 10:32:16 AM

  5. Calling old women names he's the classy type.

    Posted by: SJ | Aug 12, 2008 11:23:50 AM

  6. Ah, the irony of a laborite being charged with a hate speech crime. Orwell would be pleased no end.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 12, 2008 12:02:54 PM

  7. One of the real shocking aspects of this story is the fact that such bigoted comments coming out of Barking and Dagenham does not surprise me. Although B&D is the electoral borough which voted in the highest number of BNP councillors in the whole of England (the BNP are the UK's most right-wing legally recognised political party, are against multiculturalism and support repatriation for non-whites).

    Posted by: CRAIGO in LONDON | Aug 13, 2008 4:29:32 AM

  8. I have to agree with Craigo on this one. There is a huge BNP presence there.

    Posted by: Gary | Aug 13, 2008 10:54:49 AM

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